Artist: Laura Lopez
Media: Drawing and painting
Gallery: Werby Gallery
About the Artist
Laura Lopez was born and raised in Colombia. She decided to move to the U.S. about 3 years ago to go to art school. However, she plans to return to Colombia soon after she finishes her Master’s degree in fine arts. She misses the tropical atmosphere of Colombia which heavily influenced her thesis exhibition. She is inspired by all the nature from her home town that helps her create her art. She is currently majoring in drawing and painting at CSULB’s School of Art. When she is not painting, Lopez enjoys being with friends in her free time.
Lopez’s exhibition was beautifully filled with color. Her large paintings of the jungle were detailed and demanded attention from the viewer. Although she used colors and shapes that are not normally found in a jungle, those aspects gave the paintings an edge with a bit of abstraction and surrealism. The colors were especially prominent giving off a metaphor that the jungle is alive and has a spirit or a personality of its own. The character Lopez gave her jungle paintings with the colors and patterns construct a visual narrative about the natural world. Thus, creating a new way to experience nature.
Lopez’s work was obviously inspired by the jungle. She admires the way nature builds and creates different types of life forms that are interconnected and grow together as a whole to create one ecosystem. She claims that the intelligence of nature is reflected in her work. Lopez was also inspired by the belief of Pantheism which is the idea that the whole universe is full of spirit and life is a whole spiritual reality. To her, nature is the most sacred temple. She uses color and pattern to build imagery and composition. The linear structures in her work function to express organic growth in natural ecosystems as the jungle and other wild forests.
Synthesis/ My Experience
Lopez’s exhibition was such a beautiful experience of the jungle. By looking at the paintings it is obvious how much she connects with and feels at home in the jungles of Colombia. She told me how it is her true home where her roots are planted which supports her creative life to bring this metaphor into visualization. I absolutely loved her notion to express her emotions about her home to life through her art.